Elena Ames joined Land O’Lakes in February of 2016, and is responsible for the company’s global privacy program. She focuses on interpreting the network of privacy regulations, and developing and implementing privacy program initiatives that reduce business risk and enable global growth. Previously she led highly complex privacy projects at Deluxe Corporation, leading initiatives on International Privacy Compliance, HIPAA, marketing, M&A and investigative demands. Prior to Deluxe she worked for Walmart in Bentonville Arkansas in various legal and compliance leadership positions during her 7-year tenure. She has expertise in global risk management, privacy and compliance, operations, corporate governance, M&A due-diligence, and growth strategy assessment for a Fortune 100 company with retail/distribution operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Born in Kazakhstan, Elena immigrated to the US in 2000. She is a US citizen (since 2006), and holds 3 higher degrees: BA in Linguistics, MS in Economics and J.D. (Russian license).